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  • Address: Plaza de la Constitución, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Admission: Free

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Centro Historico

Mexico City's Centro Historico was once called Tenochtitlán, founded in 1325 atop a an island in Lake Texcoco. The seers of the wandering Aztec tribe had received a vision, telling to found their great city in a spot where an eagle, perched on a cactus, was devouring a serpent. Their quest ended here.

The lake has long since been drained, though the eagle still flies over the old island - today enormous Plaza del la Constitución (more commonly called the Zócalo) - as part of an enormous Mexican flag. The seat of government since Aztec times, the Centro Historico is surrounded by fantastic architecture from every age: the Templo Mayor, an Aztec Temple that was once North America's most important; the Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest and oldest cathedral in the hemisphere; the House of Tiles (Casa de los Azulejos); and the Torre Latinoamericana, once the tallest building in Latin America and still one of the world's largest earthquake-resistant structures. The area is also home to the Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia.

The Historic Center stretches on for some 700 blocks with Paseo de la Reforma, a wide avenue running across the area, and is packed with museums, parks, hotels, restaurants, and nightlife options; it is more populous than many countries and a world unto itself. An afternoon's exploration offers a taste of its offerings; a lifetime would not be long enough to see it all.

Practical Info

The Mexico City Centro Historico (or Historic Center) is wrapped around the Zócalo, more properly called Plaza de la Constitución. While there are dozens of car parks in the area, it is more easily explored on foot, and there are several metro stops serving the region. The most convenient is the Zócalo station on Metro Line 2. Buses radiate outward along the major avenues toward the farthest reaches of the city, and taxis swarm through the congested streets. During national celebrations, such as Independence Day (September 15), the area is filled with inebriated revelers.

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Full-Day Guided Tour of Downtown Mexico City, Mexico City, null
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Full-Day Guided Tour of Downtown Mexico City

Take in the top attractions of Mexico City in one hassle free guided tour of the vital downtown area in private transportation. Enjoy the Metropolitan ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.30
Day Trip to Mexico City from Acapulco, Acapulco, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Day Trip to Mexico City from Acapulco

Don`t miss the opportunity of take a day trip to the heart of Mexico!

Location: Acapulco, Mexico
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $240.00
Mexico City Bike and Cultural Tour Including Government Palace, Mexico City, Day Trips
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Mexico City Bike and Cultural Tour Including Government Palace

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Enjoy a bike tour in Mexico City as you visit historical and cultural landmarks and learn more about the history of this city. Your tour also includes a visit ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
5-hour Private Guided Tour: Mexico City Historical Center Must-See Highlights, Mexico City, Bike & ... 
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5-hour Private Guided Tour: Mexico City Historical Center Must-See Highlights

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See the very best of Mexico City's historical center, better known as Centro Historico on this private 5-hour tour which includes hotel pickup and ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $230.00
Mexico City Segway Tour: Downtown Zocalo, Mexico City, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Mexico City Segway Tour: Downtown Zocalo

Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Downtown “Centro Histórico” is a must when you visit Mexico City. With so many interesting sites and gorgeous ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.00
Mexico City by Night Sightseeing Tour, Mexico City, Segway Tours
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Mexico City by Night Sightseeing Tour

See the most important monuments in Mexico City on a sightseeing tour by night. You will visit Zocalo, where the Aztec empire was once seated plus stroll ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.00
Mexico City Downtown Highlights Tour with Guadalupe Shrine and Optional Torre Latinoamericana, ... 
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Mexico City Downtown Highlights Tour with Guadalupe Shrine and Optional Torre Latinoamericana

See the most important monuments in Mexico City on a walking tour through the Centro Histórico, the city's UNESCO–listed historic center. Plus, visit the ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $19.99
Gay Heritage Walking Tour in Mexico City, Mexico City, City Tours
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Gay Heritage Walking Tour in Mexico City

Discover Mexico City's gay heritage during this 5-hour walking tour. With a professional art historian guide, discover an alternative side to the Mexican ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.00
Mexico City Sightseeing Tour, Mexico City, Cultural Tours
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Mexico City Sightseeing Tour

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Immerse yourself in Mexico City on a city tour offering something for everyone. Whether you're passionate about history and art, or just yearning for ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.99
Mexico City Super Saver: Teotihuacán Pyramids Early-Morning Access plus City Tour, Mexico ... 
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Mexico City Super Saver: Teotihuacán Pyramids Early-Morning Access plus City Tour

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See the old and the new in Mexico City in one day, and take another day to wander the UNESCO World Heritage site of Teotihuacán, the City of the Gods. ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 2 days

From USD $78.99
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